6 Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Glasses
Needing glasses isn’t the most exciting thing to happen to a kid, and it can be incredibly challenging getting them to wear them consistently and take care of them properly. However, when a child needs corrective lenses, not getting them right away or not wearing them when they need to can have significant impacts on their learning, social behavior, and more.
So, how can parents make getting eyeglasses fun and how can they make sure that they’re wearing them as they should? At EYEQuity, our optical shop has a team of experts who understands what children need from their eyeglasses, whatever their age, and can offer some advice on how to ensure they are being worn. As with many things with kids, it takes patience, practice, and a fun approach to what could be a challenging task. If you have a kid who needs prescription eyeglasses, visit EYEQuity today at a location near you in Michigan or Indiana.
Helping Kids Adjust to Eyeglasses
Talk to Them
It may be hard for your kid to understand why they need prescription eyeglasses, especially if their friends at school don’t need them. Let your child know that everyone’s eyes are different and some people’s eyes need a little help in order for them to see properly. Always let them know that there isn’t anything wrong with wearing glasses and that it’s okay, and even cool, to be different.
Talk About Responsibility
If your child is old enough to care for the glasses on their own, talk to them about what they need to do in order to protect them from scratches or falls. When they have an understanding of the responsibility that is involved in wearing glasses, they may take pride in needing them and will be more willing to make it a part of their routine.
Keep it Positive
Try to focus on the positives and benefits of the situation. Remind them that they will be able to see movies more clearly, they’ll be able to see their friends easier, see the whiteboard at school without any strain, and if they are struggling with headaches, you can point out that these may be reduced. And if they’re worried about being the only one with glasses at school, find a movie or cartoon character that they like who also wears glasses. Finding someone they look up to who wears glasses can make all the difference.
Let Them Choose
Being able to pick out their own eyeglass frames is another step toward being a real big kid or even an adult! Even though it can be tempting to help them pick out a style that you like or steer them in a certain direction, try to give them the freedom to choose what they like. When they pick a color, shape, or design that they actually like, they’ll be more willing to wear them consistently. If they want bright yellow frames or a funky design, if they truly like them, go for it!
Tips on Shopping at an Optical Shop
There are a variety of options when shopping for frames and lenses and there are some important decisions to make when purchasing children’s frames. Consider the type of frame, how they wrap around their ear, the bridge of the glasses or nose pads, the comfort of the glasses, the type of lens material, the shape, and how they look. When trying on different pairs, allow your child to wear them for 10 or 15 minutes so that they can really tell how they feel on their nose and ears. It can be hard for children to really express what they like or don’t like, so encourage them to be open with you and the support staff at the eyeglasses store.
This can be helpful when your child has a prescription that doesn’t require them to wear the glasses at all times. Letting your child take them off while playing with their friends gives them some time to adjust to wearing glasses. Just be sure that the glasses are being worn when it’s truly necessary, like at school or while doing homework.
Getting adjusted to wearing glasses can take some time, but the right frames can make all the difference. EYEQuity offers a large selection of designer glasses, including Ray Ban, Oakley, and more. We also have a fun children’s selection full of frames that any kid would love to wear. Our eyeglass frames are durable and made with high-quality materials, perfect for active kids.
There are also several options when it comes to lenses, including polycarbonate, UV protection, polished lens edges, and more. Whatever you choose, you can be confident that the frames and lenses are manufactured to exceed the highest quality standards. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or your child, you can find exactly what you’re looking for at our optical shop. Get in touch with the team at EYEQuity if you have any questions.